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- First Utility Super League
- 5th Aug 2012
- KO 15:00
- Att: 10,261
Potter praises beleaguered Bullls
Widnes win puts us in striking distance, says Bradford coach
It (the result) puts us in striking distance and might leave a few people a bit nervous because a team that has been deducted six points - do they want them in the eight? Have we warranted it and should we even have a chance to be in the eight?
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Mick Potter paid tribute to his side after the Bulls came from behind to claim a 38-26 victory over Widnes at a rain-lashed Odsal on Sunday.
The Bradford boss, who has been working without pay since being made redundant by the cash-strapped club, singled out experienced Australians Heath L'Estrange and Brett Kearney for special praise following the win.
"I thought those two were very good for us, along with Ben Jeffries, and they were probably the difference and gave us a little bit more variety in our game and more ball for us to utilise," he said.
"It wasn't a game for the purist today. They'd obviously play in dry conditions but we had two dumpings of rain and you just have to adapt and adapt quickly.
The victory saw the Bulls force themselves back into the top-eight reckoning but Potter questioned whether the beleaguered club would be welcomed in the end-of-season play-offs.
"It (the result) puts us in striking distance and might leave a few people a bit nervous because a team that has been deducted six points - do they want them in the eight?
"Have we warranted it and should we even have a chance to be in the eight? But the players have worked very hard to be in the eight and the fans want to see them in the eight."
"There's a bit of work to do yet but it sets up for a fantastic game against Hull KR on Friday - it's a short turn around for both teams - but it should be a great game."
Widnes coach Denis Betts was left to reflect on another game where his side was competitive but ultimately came away without the two points.
"We conceded some soft tries and switched off a couple of times and they are a really good side who deserve a lot of credit considering what's going on around them," Betts said.
"Were still showing encouraging signs - we were even when we were getting heavily beaten.
"We are getting better but we wanted to win today - it was the same in the Hull KR game (which they also lost narrowly the previous week) - we were good enough to win that game and I believe it was the same today."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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